Rev. Jackson: The whole world is now watching us

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The five block march through Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood Saturday morning brought quiet attention to the small south side park where gunfire killed 15 year old Hadiya Pendelton, a majorette with the King High School Band who performed in last month’s inaugural parade.

“We make an appeal for those who did the killing and those who know of the killing and killers– turn themselves in.”  The Reverend Jesse Jackson was among those marching.

Just an hour earlier, he brought families impacted by Chicago’s gun violence to his Rainbow Push headquarters, including Hadiya Pendelton’s cousin.


Pendelton was shot in the back and killed while standing with friends inside Harsh Park after taking final exams on Tuesday.   Police believe the shooter mistook the group for a rival gang.

Shatira Welks wants the person to be turned in. “You know your child. You know your cousin. You know your friend you know your relative.  You know who’s done this. All they’re going to do is do something to somebody else’s child.”

Pendelton was one of 42 people killed in Chicago last month.   Also killed in January, Marshall Fields Hall, whose mother, Donna Hall, came to march.

“It’s sad but I’m so happy that everybody came out for this little girl as well as my son and the other people,” she said, “We have to stop. Something has to be done.”

Southside faith leaders are now calling for not just better policing. But a local witness protection program for those who turn others in.

Ira Acre of Greater St. John Bible Church said “There is money available. We have the red light cameras. We have the blue light cameras. Wherever you get the money from– if we are really serious we must move beyond just rhetoric. And get protection for these people.”

“The whole world is now watching us.”  Reverend Jackson says it’s now time President Obama come to Chicago to personally address the violence.  “When the president shows up– it shows ultimate national seriousness. The president’s power gives, without any legislation or money, it shows ultimate national seriousness.”

A seriousness echoed by Welks, who says her Hadiya always talked about making a difference in the world. If it’s going to happen, this is the time.

“Chicago has becoming a place where we’re just becoming comfortable with death,” Rev. Jackson said, “I don’t want to become comfortable with death.”

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  • Bernita smith

    The police say that the information that you give will be confidential,that's a lie.I told on a gangbanger,and they kick my door in with guns.They showed me the police report that clearly state everything I told the police.The second time I told the police,they came to my house to warn me that the gangbangers knew that I told and to get out of town.Now if I only told the police,how the hell did the gangbangers find out.

    • Paul

      I agree. Most people, especially the Middle Class have bigger things to think of such as paying bills and keeping their jobs. Besides, the Middle Class have become the milking cows of this society to provide you lazy folks with Link Cards and other perks. I've seen you people with Escalades, jewelries, and long fancy nails line up at grocery stores and pay up with Link Cards. Your abusive and insolent ways are dragging this country down! I hope your next door thug shoots you next time around.

  • Will

    no one is watching…..people around the world have bigger problems then worrying about black people killing themselves…..signed a black guy

  • John

    Enough with that Rev. Jackson. You always add the race card to every issue in this city. Stop whining, stop feeling oppressed, and stop acting like society owes you a lot. Just go away.

  • KCCO

    Someone tell Ira that society should not be held responsible for monitoring the actions of these thugs. Morals and respect of life should have been taught at home many years prior.

  • Cheryl

    Why not just have the national guard walk up and down the streets over there! You may see crime slow down for a while! Bunch of uneducated kids probably shooting guns from a car window! What the heck is going on there?
    I'm sure glad we have the most strict gun laws to protect everyone! Good job to our government!
    Stop having 12 kids living in 1 room and make sure you can afford to send them to school! Stop letting these young boys impregnate 6 young teen girls so they don't feel the pressures of adult hood! How about EVERYONE (including the parents) take responsibility for their actions or poor choices! Teach them how to respect THEMSELVES and how to respect others, stop letting them think things should come easy for them and that money solves all life's problems! That is not always the answer!

    • Mike Payne

      SORRY CHERYL — Just like BILL COSBY — You're Telling The T R U T H [ repeat — The T R U T H ] .

      BUT the "Black Community" "Don't wanna hear that Ol' Uncle Tom Shyt"

      How many Black kids will die tomorrow???

    • Paul

      Do you think a government in huge financial debt is going to waste more money by sending troops to an area populated by people who don't want to help themselves?
      Stop blaming the government! Do what you can do to help yourself and family. Did you even went to school and earned some kind of a degree? If not, its your fault and your family's fault, not the government.
      The people in those depressed areas don't want to go to school and help themselves. They spend all day thinking what fancy sneaker to wear, what steak to eat, and why the government is not helping them more. They are selfish and individualistic.
      Be a mayor and try your luck on taming them.

    • Lloyd Christmas

      Jesse Jackson is the definition of what is wrong with Chicago. He's an ignorant biggot and for whatever reason the African American community gets brainwashed by his B.S. Nobody takes responsibility for their own problems and this clown is the reason why.

  • Darnell

    We must stop the Killing and for that BOY that mention in his post saying there are bigger problem than worrying about black people killing each other, sign black guy, I know that you are a WHITE BOY. you notice i did say a WHITE MAN. Be careful WILL!!!!

    • Tired of the Morons

      His point is valid. It's not an over-run of crime. It's a bunch of jungle brained idiots killing each other. When they're not killing each other they're out robbing or killing someone else. You wonder why were racist and hate black people. It's simply because you get what you ask for. Act like a an idiot ape and get called one. And I'm not even going to get into of the issue of the wetbacks who have the same mentality. Act like a normal person in society and the problem is gone.

  • Illinois_Mom

    The killings with guns in this country make us all look like idots. It has become more dangerous here in many cities, not just Chicago than in 3rd world countries. We are headed down a very terrible slope without major changes in attitudes and recognition of the problem across the entire country. Everyday it is another shooting somewhere. Guaranteed another today and more tomorrow. The violence is out of control and there is nothing to be proud of to claim you are an American when we disrespect other lives as if they were nothing. Attitudes like this are no different than what Adolf Hitler had, face it and say it like it really is today.

  • Tired of the Morons

    Terrific, and they get to watch the racist opportunist Jesse the Jackass. Why don't you do something helpful like not blaming society and kissing the a s s of your degenerate brothers and the gang bangers.

  • Caligula

    You're right Jesse Jackson, the whole world is watching you. They have been for years now and wonder why you blame everyone else for your problems. You're killing each other… no outside folks are coming down to the southside to do that…. you do it to yourselves and as we watch, we ask you, "just how much more stupid can you people get?" I have no sympathy for you, I have no sympathy for the southside because it does absolutely nothing to help itself. Your tragedy is self made, self perpetuated and the only answer to your problems is yourselves. Take the energy you are so inclined to use in useless marches and screaming about your injustice and turn in inward. Only then will you see what you have to do.

    • Tayler

      U know what you ignorant ass imegrant , their marching because their trying to stop the violence .. U need to grow The hell up bastard !

  • pray

    There is a saying it's best to keep a closed mouth then open it and let everybody know how stupid you really are! You people have no compassion the people that's getting killed are innocent bystanders that did not deserve this.

  • wakeop

    If memory serves me correctly a white fool killed twenty something kids a few months ago…WAKE UP!! this is not just a "black" problem.

  • One that knows

    Hey jessie how is your baby mama? Why was your son buying a rolex for his white devil blonde girlfriend? The only reason people are watching you is to see how much worse your family can go down the toilet. I got news for u jj nobody of any importance cares about the crime in the black community. Crime and murder in the black community is just the way you savages roll in your ghetto community.